At least 1,000 killed in Afghan quake, with fear toll will rise


The bodies of the victims of an earthquake are laid for a funeral, in Gayan village in Paktia province, Afghanistan, today. More than 1,000 people were killed a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit eastern Afghanistan before dawn the day before. – EPA pic, June 23, 2022.

DESPERATE rescuers battled against the clock today under pouring rain to pull survivors from the rubble after a powerful quake struck a mountainous border region of Afghanistan, killing at least 1,000 people.

The 5.9-magnitude quake struck hardest in the rugged east, where people already lead hardscrabble lives in the grip of a humanitarian crisis made worse since the Taliban takeover in August.


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